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Greenbone Vulnerability Manager

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The Greenbone Vulnerability Manager is the central management service between security scanners and the user clients.

It manages the storage of any vulnerability management configurations and of the scan results. Access to data, control commands and workflows is offered via the XML-based Greenbone Management Protocol (GMP). Controlling scanners like OpenVAS is done via the Open Scanner Protocol (OSP).


All release files are signed with the Greenbone Community Feed integrity key. This gpg key can be downloaded at and the fingerprint is 8AE4 BE42 9B60 A59B 311C 2E73 9823 FAA6 0ED1 E580.

Installation and Usage

This module can be configured, built and installed with following commands:

cmake .
make install

For detailed installation requirements and instructions, please see the file The file also contains instructions for setting up gvmd and for connecting gvmd to vulnerability scanners and to the GSA web interface.

In case everything was installed using the defaults, then starting the manager daemon can be done with this simple command:


To see all available command line options of gvmd enter this command:

gvmd --help

If you are not familiar or comfortable building from source code, we recommend that you use the Greenbone Enterprise TRIAL, a prepared virtual machine with a readily available setup. Information regarding the virtual machine is available at


For any question on the usage of gvmd please use the Greenbone Community Portal. If you found a problem with the software, please create an issue on GitHub. If you are a Greenbone customer you may alternatively or additionally forward your issue to the Greenbone Support Portal.


This project is maintained by Greenbone AG.


Your contributions are highly appreciated. Please create a pull request on GitHub. Bigger changes need to be discussed with the development team via the issues section at GitHub first.


Copyright (C) 2009-2022 Greenbone AG

Licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 or later.